Saved by the Bellini: & Other 90s-Inspired Cocktails

Union Square. Apr. 2023. 192p. ISBN 9781454947080. $19.99. COOKING
This fun walk down memory lane from deBary (Drink What You Want) starts with a foreword by none other than Tiffani Thiessen from Saved by the Bell. As a cocktail guide, it naturally starts by providing all of the basics of getting a home bar up to speed. Liquors, mixers, and garnishes are all explained, along with the proper tools and basic steps on making drinks. Those who grew up in the ’90s will likely recognize many of the references in the book, which is divided into drinks based on entertainment, toys and technology, music, fashion, and food and drinks that all saw their heyday in that era. Each recipe features a clever, informative write-up along with an illustration, though no actual pictures of finished cocktails.
VERDICT Whether one decides to make the Sanderson Sister Sour (based on the 1993 classic film Hocus Pocus), the Apple Mac-Tini, the Salt-n-Pepa Lemonade, the Pumps (inspired by Marty McFly’s sneakers in Back to the Future 2), or the Yabba Dabba Doo (a Flintstones Push Up drink), readers won’t be disappointed by the ’90s nostalgia the book evokes alongside top-notch drink-making techniques.
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